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Willie Wagtail

Willie Wagtail
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Perth 2016
Date Submitted: 2016-04-24 17:01
Viewed: 2903
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not an easy bird to photograph as it is quite small, and constantly in motion, especially as a photographer tries to get closer!

The whiskers under its chin are not evident in this shot.


Rhipidura leucophrys

The Willie Wagtail is one of Australia's most widespread species, at least on the mainland. Reflecting this, it features prominently in Indigenous mythology. Willie Wagtails were disliked by Indigenous people in some areas, as they were thought to loiter at the edge of camps, listening to conversations then telling the secrets elsewhere. The Willie Wagtail was also seen as an ill omen, and they would abandon an expedition if a Willie Wagtail was seen on the morning of departure.

Research featured in the 'State of Australia's Birds 2015' headline and regional reports indicates that the Willie Wagtail is declining in some regions, while increasing in others.


The Willie Wagtail is the largest, and most well-known, of the Australian fantails. The plumage is black above with a white belly. The Willie Wagtail can be distinguished from other similar-sized black and white birds by its black throat and white eyebrows and whisker marks. The name wagtail stems from the constant sideways wagging of the tail. Young birds resemble the adults, but have paler, slightly rusty edges to the feathers of the wings.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2016-04-25 21:55]

Nice catch, a bit touch of PS could help more exposure to the dark areas of head, sorry my humble habit of advise.

Seen and appreciated , Alan.
Good capture.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Alan

Excellent shot of this bird with its expressive glance,
fine POV, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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